Flying Mouflan
Tröegs Brewing Company

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American Barleywine
Ranked #25
Ranked #2,312
4.15 | pDev: 10.12%
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Flying MouflanFlying Mouflan
Reviews: 573 | Ratings: 1,413
Photo of Docrock
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from a 22 oz Bomber, no visible bottling date:

A - Nice ruby red color with just a bit of head. minimal head with some nice legs.

S - several muted dark fruit notes, including raisins and dates, nice malty character and a bit of booziness. a touch of sweetness as well.

T - just a bit of hops then a nice caramel body. The raisins and dates were as present as on the nose with a touch of maybe toffee as the sweet finish.

M: Full bodied with minimal carbonation and a boozy aftertaste. Not sure of the age on this one but the hops were definitely muted.

O: Overall I really enjoyed this and will seek out more. Not as hoppy as other American Barleywines but this may have been on the shelf for awhile when I rescued it. May update with future samplings. I would say this may somewhat of a bridge between the English and American style...

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Photo of MDDMD
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-deep red amber to brown color with a nice tan head and good lacing

S-caramel malt, dark fruit, toasted bread, little boozy

T-caramel malt, toffee, dark fruit, vanilla, hint of hoppiness, a little boozy

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-a great Barleywine for the price, enjoyable sipper

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Photo of Axnjxn
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5/1/12 bottling date. opened 6/5/13. poured into a snifter

pours a dark reddishbrown with a half inch thick white head.

smell is of dark fruits and booze. very much a barelywine here.

taste is quite mellow and smooth. figs and bitter fruits shine through, with a boozy mixture. surprisingly easy to drink for a barleywine. enjoyable. full bodied with low carbonation. good feel.

overall a solid barleywine, though not really anything too special. good, not great or in a must try category. i prefer my barleywines to be barrel aged and this one definitely isnt, but its still quite good. if youre in the mood for a barelywine this one fits the bill nicely.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at the brewery (thanks, 1sophrosyne1!) two weekends ago, 2013 vintage, poured into a 3Stars snifter, drank 6/3/13 over one hour.

A: 4.50 - dark brown coloration, minimal clarity (can't see or read through), yellow-brown one finger head dissipates into subtle glass lacing, moderate-to-large alcohol legs

S: 4.25 - really malt forward notes...lots of toffee, caramel; no hop aroma as far as I can tell

T: 4.50 - big candy sugar sweetness on the front of the tongue, lingering burnt candy, caramel, toffee and slight vanilla, alcohol burn persists on the back of the palate that pleasantly lingers

M: 4.50 - full-bodied (mostly alcohol), chewy, boozy and sticky; mild-to-moderate carbonation

O: 4.50 - this beer is advertised as an American barleywine but, to be honest, this tastes like much more like an English barleywine with mostly malt forward and little hop aroma/flavors; nevertheless, this is an excellent beer with lots of complex malt characters in the nose and mouth that are very pleasant; I want to drink this beer again in the cold Winter months by a fire, which is where it will totally shine

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle. Looks to be bottled 05/01/12. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours deep mahogany red with two fingers of fluffy head that leaves significant lace.

Subdued caramel nose.

Sweet smooth flavors of caramel, biscuit, syrup, mild toffee and a little booze.

Medium heavy, syrupy feel with subtle carbonation.

I've never had this fresh but this aged bottle tured out to be a great extra. Sweet, smooth caramel goodness.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into a Flying Dog goblet (2012 vintage)

A: There is a nice gradient that is mainly dark brown but goes to a nice ruby around the edges where the refraction is. The lacing is very nice and the head was a caramel color.

S: Not too many notes here, it is all malt sweetness. It smells like a standard BW and there is no complexity here.

T: It is good and plain. There is now wow factor here for me. It is pretty sweet with a lot of caramel and syrup to it. However, it does get better as it warms up. Troegs taste description for it is good, but I got none of the Nugget Nectar, but this is a year old.

M: There is a nice combination of smoothness and subdued crispness. It is a great amount of carbonation.

O: I was really excited for this because of the high hop content, which I thought would make it taste like Bigfoot. I would say that it makes for a decent backup BW, but if it only comes in bombers then shoot for something else.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Extremely dark brown body with a beige head. Smell has rich brown sugar, caramel, orange zest, and cocoa, but then has decent earthy hops too. Taste has the hops come out swinging, bringing citrus and bitterness to the sweeter barleywine flavors, and aiding the barleywine snarling finish. Kind of reminds me of SN bigfoot in the feel, with active barley and hops added texture to the otherwise smooth barley and malt driven body.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter; Spring 2011 bottling, 2 years old now. Pours hazy dark ruby red color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, apple, toast, light pine, brown sugar, orange rind, brown bread, orange zest, floral, grass, candi sugar, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt notes with a fair amount of hop presence. Taste of caramel, raisin, apple, toast, brown sugar, light orange rind, light pine, brown bread, floral, candi sugar, and toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, apple, caramel, toast, brown sugar, light pine, floral, candi sugar, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of malt flavors with a fair amount of hop presence; with zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, fairly slick, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent American Barleywine at 2 years of age. Very nice balance and complexity of malt flavors with moderate hops; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very hazy reddish brown in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation and some mahogany + copper highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy dark beige head that quickly reduces to a wide medium thick ring of larger bubbles at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of caramel malts along with brown sugar and some hints of toffee. There are moderate aromas of pine/resin hops as well.

T: Overall this beer is pretty sweet and the sweetness increases as the beer warms up. Upfront there are strong flavors of malty sweetness with caramel, brown sugar, and just a touch of toffee. Light flavors of pine/resin hops that give it a light amount of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Sticky with some moderate amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: There is a very nice amount of complexity in this beer that makes this one best enjoyed by slowly sipping to appreciate it. The alcohol is pretty well hidden in this beer but it is definitely a strong beer and there is a fair amount of sweetness.

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Photo of pknyc
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Opened: 07/27/14
BD: 04/30/12

A: This poured a one finger off-white head, which slowly settled into a film that left some nice lacing. The body is a very dark amber - almost brown.

S: Dark, rich molasses. Sweet caramelized sugar. Dark fruit which reminds me of fruit cake when combined with the wholewheat bread notes. Just barely a whiff of chocolate. I am surprised at the woody notes as well. Slightly herbal.

T: There is more chocolate than the nose. The alcohol is noticeable, particularly on the swallow, but it works very well. The esters are there, but not as pronounced as the nose, but the molasses, toffee and leather are there. I'd venture to say that the taste, while definitely good, is not quite as good as the nose.

MF: Very nice. It is medium, almost full. Creamy, silky, luxurious.

O: Very good. I was surprised at how much I liked this one. It comes together very nicely. I would recommend.

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Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is quite hazy reddish brown in color. It poured with a half finger high beige head that quickly died down, leaving a wide ring of large bubbles around the sides of the glass and some lacing covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel and sweet brown sugar are present in the nose along with hints of pine resin hops.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is malty and slightly sweet with flavors of caramel malts and brown sugar; these are contrasted by a light to moderate amount of hop bitterness and hints of pine rein The sweetness becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation with bits of stickiness and warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer is rather drinkable for a barleywine because the alcohol is well masked from the taste. Nonetheless, it's a nice beer to sip and savor given its complex taste.

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Photo of Zraly
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled in 2011. Has been aging in a cool, dark room ever since. Poured into a DFH snifter glass. A deep dark earth color with a touch of tan head. When swirled, burnt orange hues dance along the sides of the glass. Nice lacing.

I almost laughed out loud after a few sips. The finish on this is so chocolatey and so rich -- it tastes like a really rich chocolate cake. The hops have aged with this beautifully; the combination of the lip-smacking hops and the chocolate note under age is a real treat. Carmelized malts and toffee linger about, with rich rum-soaked fruit notes coming out as the flavor lingers. Sticky, candi sugar note. Full-bodied and alcohol with the aging is so well hidden -- I'm going to be a Flying Mouflan in a few moments.

A fantastic dessert beer and great for a dinner-ending cheese plate. Buy one to have fresh and one to age. A steal in terms of the bargain domain. Thank you, Troegs.

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3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got this from Stormking47

Pours an effervescent ruby-tinged brown with a pinky of tan head. Alright head retention & lacing. Stays effervescent & slightly hazy towards the end

S: Faint pear notes & cherries; figs assert themselves as this warms

T: Dark fruit, leafy hops, dryness & boozey figs & a touch of pine up front. Piney woody hops mix with cherry pipe tobacco as this warms & some candi-sugar as well imparting dryness
& a little sweetness. Finishes with oaky dryness, with figs, pears, leafy hops, & more cherry. plus woody bitterness

MF: Chewyness with light carbonation, some oaky dryness & a little stickyness & fair balance

Drinks easy for the style & ABV, but not blown away by this one, but I did enjoy it as a nightcap

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Photo of SBCBUCA21
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Described as "pushing nugget nectar off a cliff" I was expecting something a little hoppier. Still great in its own right but definitely not what I was expecting. I think the wheat slightly overpowers the hops but not in a bad way. First smell wasnt the best but considerably better after the pour. Very drinkable but defjnitely one to a sitting given the ABV. Interestingly enough according to the web a mouflan is an iranian sheep.???

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Photo of csrbv
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A pint 6 oz bottle no freshness date--I bought it back in November of 2012--drinking it in March 2013--poured into a Ommegang tulip glass

A: Fantastic dark amber color, nice tan head and great lacing on the glass.

S: Senses of cocoa, brown sugar and sweet malts.

T: Nice dose of hops on the front end, followed by the mellowness of the chocolate and malt. The longer I let this beer sit and warm up, the better it got.

M: This is definitely a full bodied offering. Very full mouth-feel, one you want to savor and not down too quickly.

D: Great for the winter, as the Spring and Summer approach, I can see drinking this full bodied of a beer, but another fantastic beer from Troegs!

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Photo of Drypaint
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber into footed pint glass. Bottle date of March 2012, drank 3/8/2013

Appearance: Dark ruby, tan head, settles into a gorgeous brown hue fading to deep chestnut. Lacing/retention is pretty good, perfectly acceptable given the style.

Smell: Soy sauce dominates immediately after the pour, but a few minutes later it fades in favor of sweeter flavors. Caramel, raisins, brown sugar. Not getting the hops, probably due to the bottling date. Disappointed in the lack of floral smell, also not getting the coffee nibs.

Taste: Mostly matches the aroma, but the sweetness is extremely overbearing. I understand the style, and I'm a fan of barleywines in general, but the taste is very one-dimensional. The alcohol is mostly subdued, but still present in the boozy finish.

Mouthfeel: Far too chewy for my tastes; very cloying, mouth-coating, and boozy. If this had been slightly less "loud", it would have gotten a much higher rating.

Overall: Good barleywine, not great. One year of cellar time may not be enough.

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Photo of Act25
3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber into .5 cylinder glass .

A: Some one wrote cola! Yup that's right - chestnut/reddish body. The bubbly head is tan, and the retention and lacing are average. Expected more in appearance.

S: too much brown sugar. as someone wrote like a dessert liquor. ... floral, where are the hops? DO have to cellar it to have them arise, give me some bitter ness! not enough time for hop aroma, that doesnt make sense. in the direction of barley wine/ wee heavy which is cloying on a long winter night.

T: too much sweetness that start it off and stay. Ironically, i was quite excited by the taste at first, but half way through, I was overdone by its sweet monotone. bitterness doesnt arise. feel the alcohol and heat. which if you think about it, you'd never feel the alcohol in a wine that is several points higher... Others wrote nutty finish - but I get more caramel, candied sugar in the finish, and it leaves my mouth cloying a bit, wanting some salt popcorn or cheese.

M: Alcoholic, but not enough tingle. chewy. big bodied. but sugary. Too sweet for food.

D: Agree with others - close to American barleywine flavors. good, but not impressive. No point in opening this without cellar time... ? How long?

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Photo of hardy008
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark ruby with a 2 finger beige head, with good retention and lacing. The aroma has caramel, toffee, raisins, and citrus. Very nice.

Tastes just like it smells with caramel, toffee, raisins, and citrus. I acquired this bottle last autumn and decided to hold onto it for a while, and do not regret it at all. There is a nice combination of sweet malt balanced with bitter hops which is drinking very nice right now.

Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. Feels a bit sticky, and has a sweet aftertaste. There is no alcohol burn, which is one of the main reasons I am glad I held onto this for a few months. I would gladly buy this again if I get another opportunity.

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Photo of streetcommander
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Drank from pilsner glass at 50F.

Color is dark swamp water mahogany. Head is brown and sticky.

Nose is toasty, brown sugar, molasses, malt, and dark sesame seeds.

Taste like it smells. Flavor has distinctive Troegs gusto and is clearly unashamed to have a heavy grain bill. Carries the alcohol with pride. No hiding behinds adjunct sugars. Warming and welcoming without a boozy back of the rogue sting.

Body is a bit heavy, so you won't likely be swirling more than 24-48 oz down at a sitting.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, YaKnowBrady!

A dark barleywine, but not black by any means. A charred amber and dark brown with a moderately-sized dark brown, creamy head. This leaves messy chunks of lace down the glass. Pretty and appropriate. Very sticky.

An appropriately sweet aroma of toffee and caramel, some candy bar (chocolate and caramel, combined), some burnt notes (though complementary), and some booze as the beer comes to room temperature. It's not distracting, however, and it comes together quite nicely. Complete.

The flavor is exceptional, and better than the aroma. It's a complete, incredibly drinkable, American barleywine. Moderate bitterness, mild chocolate, lots of burnt sugars (toffees, caramels), and a bit of alcohol come together very nicely. An incredible beer to sip on during a cold evening...though I can hardly sip it, I'm gulping it! Delicious!

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation carbonation.

Incredibly drinkable and delicious. I came in without expectations, and I left wanting more Flying Mouflan!

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Photo of shangwang
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from 2011, poured into a Weyberbacher glass. I've had the Mouflan several times before, but never aged.
Poured with two thick fingers of frothy tan head, and a nice clear mahogany body. Smells like sticky toffee pudding and raisins... yum! Great taste as well, the age really mellowed the booziness and brought out malty characteristics. Still some hoppy bitterness lingering as well, but much more subdued than when fresh. Lots of sweetness and caramel. Light to medium body, smooth and still lots of bubbly carbonation. Easy finish.
This is definitely one of my favorite barleywines, and the age mellowed it a little, which I enjoyed. Excellent!

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Photo of mfavoino
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle sent to me from Treebs a while back. Thanks for hitting this big want.

A: Cloudy red cola color with a solid head that recedes quickly.

S: Dark fruit, specifically raisins, bold caramel malt, and some booze. Sweet smelling barleywine with minimal citrus from the remaining hops.

T: Touch of hops on the front end, then the strong caramel backbone comes through. Raisins, dried fruit, toffee, and sweetness comes through. Very slight hop presence as it finishes. Flavors seem somewhat muted.

M: Medium-heavy, soft carbonation, and slight booze.

O: A good representation of the style, although the time that the bottle sat made it less American because of the diminished hops.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

bomber into tulip. bottled on 05.01.12. batch # 120320

A: murky looking chestnut/reddish body. head is a shade darker than bright white. very bubbly. retention is good, while the lacing is epic. thick and exactly what it should be.

S: raisins. tons of brown sugar. a little bit of a dessert liquor. Italian Disaronno comes to mind. slightly floral, the hop presence struggles to make its presence known. perhaps it has had enough time to mellow some of that hop aroma?

T: plenty of sweetness starts things off. bitterness undertones throughout, but nothing significant. certainly some heat towards the finish. otherwise the finish is super nutty and that flavor lings long after the sip is gone. candied sugar comes out in the finish as well.

M: very chewy brew. big bodied.

D: pretty close to your standard American barleywine flavors/descriptors. good, but similar to most beers in this style guideline, nothing too impressive. this had some time on it and still had some heat, interested to know how long until that flavor fully sizzles out.

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Photo of brureview
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a mahogany color with a one finger head- very good looking beer in a snifter.

The aroma was apparent before I put my nose to the glass: toffee, butterscotch, and candy.

The mouth feel was slightly carbonated.

The finish was a wonderful blend of butterscotch, candy and toffee with slight alcohol.
A balanced taste.

This is a winner. Will try again.

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3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber to HFS sniffer

A: Dark nut brown and completely opaque with a thin tan head that goes away

S: Malt city thare is a dominant smell of sweet malts and that is about all I can smell

T: This is a malt bomb for sure you can taste the sweetness of the malt sugars but there is some hop bitterness to it I would not call it balanced by any means, but there is a hop presence. There is also a crisp after taste that allows this to be pretty drinkable especially for a barleywine

M: very oily and syrupy you can almost feel the malt sugars coating your mouth. It goes down rather smooth for the amount of alcohol as it is not really any late noticeable burn

O: I don't usually drink barley wines as they aren't really my style but I enjoyed this one and it was really drinkable for the amount of malt in the taste which would normally turn me off. It could definitely be toned down and have the deeper flavors come out with some age, but an enjoyable experience none the less worth a try if you like barleywines

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